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West Virginia Autism Training Center names Marshall alumna as director of campus-based services

The West Virginia Autism Training Center (WVATC) at Marshall University has named Mindy Thornton as the new director of campus-based services.

In the position, Thornton will oversee the individualized academic, social and independent living supports for students diagnosed with autism who are enrolled in the program.

WVACTC Executive Director Marc Ellison offered a warm welcome for Thornton.

“We at the WV Autism Training Center are thrilled that Mindy Thornton has joined our team,” Ellison said. “She brings proven leadership skills and a clinical perspective that will well serve both WVATC employees and the students we support.”

Thornton received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Marshall University.

She worked for 18 years in children’s services for a local community mental health organization and spent the last six years as the assistant state director for NECCO, a foster care company in West Virginia. Thornton is passionate about advocating for youth with complex needs.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and attending concerts with her two adult children and husband.

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